The casino environment furnishes the experience of timelessness, which is activated through an infinitely looping hand action. Pushing buttons or pulling levers (slot machine), holding, flicking or arranging cards (table games), and rolling or throwing dice (roulette table) are some examples of this looping hand action. The action holds the gambler in place until they run out of money, win, or something from 24-hour calendar day society pulls them away. Both the casino environment and the 24-hour calendar day society weave in and out of each other like soap bubbles in the wind. These two bubbles of time exist inside a larger bubble – the desert, which visibly surrounds the city a full 360 degrees. It is not only visible everywhere, but it is also felt through the tremendous heat and dry air that it breathes. On some of the hottest days everything seems to pause, even the air. Time in the desert is experienced on a massive scale, as if the land, which exudes a sense of finality, an end of calendar-time and eternality of both, had swallowed time.
Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree in the School of Art and Design at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY.
MFA thesis, Performance art, Installations (art), Sound art, Electronic Integrated Arts